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List: Top Ten Higher Education Research Institutions in the UK

Date: December 2008

Source: RAE / Research Fortnight

Base: The Research Assessment Exercise sees every university in the UK submit a dossier of their best researchers' work in 67 disciplines on which they are graded and then ranked. The assessment is carried out by panels led by the top academics in the country. The number of star researchers each department and university has at the end dictates their research funding for the next five years. Research Fortnight then tallies the figures and creates a ranked table from the RAE results.

Notes: The London School of Economics (LSE) headed Oxford and Cambridge in this particular ranking which is focused on research ability (not teaching) in higher education research institutions. However, the university department which won top marks for the quality of its research was that of museum studies in the University of Leicester - where two-thirds of the research submitted was ranked world-class.

Rank / University

Quality Index

1. London School of Economics

60.31

2. University of Oxford

60.28

3. University of Cambridge

59.79

4. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

58.24

5. University College, London

55.79

6. University of Manchester

54.41

7. University of Warwick

53.43

8. University of York

53.04

9. University of Essex

52.91

10. University of Edinburgh

52.67


 
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